Category Archives: Racial Discrimination

Stephen Bright’s Course on Capital Punishment Available Online

Stephen Bright’s online course on capital punishment examines issues of race and poverty in the criminal justice system and the imposition of the death penalty on the intellectually disabled and mentally ill. Continue reading

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Prosecutors take capital cases to federal court to avoid state jurisdictions with large minority populations

Federal prosecutors seek death sentences in federal courts to avoid minority jurors in state districts that have a high minority population. Many crimes can be prosecuted in either the federal or state courts if there is any conceivable “federal interest” such as a carjacking. State court juries in Orleans Parish, LA, may have as many as 70% African Americans, while the federal district that includes New Orleans has only 20% African Americans. Continue reading

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Implicit racial bias influences imposition of the death penalty

Racial stereotypes of jurors who may associate white defendants as having more worth than black defendants contributes to the racial disparities in the infliction of the death penalty. Death-qualified jurors held stronger racial biases than potential jurors who are excluded from serving in death penalty cases because of their inability to consider a sentence of death. Continue reading

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How and Why Race Continues to Influence the Administration of Criminal Justice in Louisiana

Bidish Sarma and I recently posted our newly published article (How and Why Race Continues to Influence the Administration of Criminal Justice in Louisiana) on SSRN. We’d appreciate if you would take the time to give it a quick read … Continue reading

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Challengers to diversity programs in higher education ignore discrimination that persists in criminal courts

The United States Supreme Court will soon revisit whether the Constitution permits institutions of higher education to promote racial diversity by using race-conscious admissions policies to remedy the legacy of past racial discrimination. The plaintiff in the case (Fisher v. University of Texas) is … Continue reading

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